Author's Note: This Week's 5 is a weekly collection of stories designed to provide insight into how racism works and serve as an easily accessible resource for people trying to have nuanced discussions about these issues. For more explanation on how This Week's 5 works and descriptions of each of the categories, click here.
Overt: Nothing says white supremacist like seeing a turban, thinking a Sikh is a Muslim, and deciding to drive your truck through that person's store. For more, check out this article from AsAm News.
Institutional: Study after study shows children perform better when they see themselves in their teachers. The number of Latino students who don't have such an opportunity should be disturbing to anyone. For more, check out this article from Al Dia.
Critical Race Theory: Bruno Mars is once again the subject of a national cultural appropriation debate. The accusation may not be fair but the discussion is nonetheless a learning opportunity. For more, check out this article from The Root.
History: As we watch, inspired by student-led movements for gun reform, it's important we pay respect to groups like the Brown Berets, who set the foundations for them. For more, check out this article from Al Dia.
The Fragility Breaker: Yet another study shows how white male insecurity is tied to the worst manifestations of gun culture. Still waiting for the "call Islamic terrorism by its name" crowd to demonstrate that same energy for white men. Don't worry, I'm not holding my breath. Check out this article from Scientific American for more.